Danny Briere for Keith Yandle or Shea Weber? Reasons for Jarome Iginla and Ilya Bryzgalov to be dealt, and a lengthy list of possible trade candidates. Enjoy!
THE BLEACHER REPORT: Could the Flyers Pry Keith Yandle out of Phoenix? Could Danny Briere be used as trade bait to land Yandle or Shea Weber? Five reasons the Calgary Flames should trade Jarome Iginla, which include the Flames “owing” Iginla a shot at a Stanley Cup, and his trade value won’t be any higher. Five reasons why the Flyers should trade Ilya Bryzgalov now, which include his inconsistency, his padded stats by a great defense in Phoenix, and they should move him before things get worse, and seven teams which should pursue Colorado’s Paul Stastny.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes won’t part with Yandle. Period. And the Predators won’t trade Weber while they’re in playoff contention. The Flames don’t “owe” Iginla anything, except finding him the playmaking center he’s lacked his entire career. His trade value will remain high, be it this season or next. With the Flames currently surging in the standings, they won’t move Iginla. Those reasons to move Bryzgalov were ridiculous, especially the claim his stats were padded by a better defense in Phoenix. Have you looked at the Flyers defense corps? They’re not chopped liver, with or without Chris Pronger. Bryzgalov is struggling, no question about it, but I think that has more to do with adjusting to heightened expectations in a hockey-mad city. Stastny’s name has popped up in trade rumors, but the Avs seem reluctant to move him, and his $6.6 million per season salary isn’t easy to move. If they do trade him, I think it would happen in the off-season, when big salaried players are easier to move.
HOCKEYBUZZ: “Eklund” recently posted a lengthy list of players he’s tracking for his trade rumor chart, with Eric Staal, Zach Parise, Dustin Penner, Daniel Alfredsson, Teemu Selanne, Kris Versteeg, Ryan Suter, Josh Gorges, and Tuuka Rask, along with “Koivu”, “Whitney”, “Mason”, and “Jokinen”. He also claims the Jarome Iginla for Alexander Semin “talk” has intensified.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve singled out those names in full because I don’t believe they’re going to be dealt, while the other four are puzzling. Mikko or Saku? Ryan or Ray? Chris or Steve? Olli or Jussi? As for the “Iginla for Semin” talk, let’s just say I have serious doubts that “talk” is between the respective GMs of their teams.